Professor Clair Sullivan

Professor (Conjoint)

Centre for Health Services Research
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 65343


Professor Clair Sullivan is an internationally-recognised leading practising and academic clinical informatician who helps drive digital health transformation in Queensland and globally.

Clair is the Director of the new Queensland Digital Health Centre within the Centre for Health Research at The University of Queensland.

A specialist endocrinologist, Clair graduated with Honours in Medicine from The University of Queensland and earned a Research Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Leeds. In 2014, Clair began a parallel career in the emerging field of digital health and has held significant leadership roles in digital health practice and governance across government and academia. Her work is regularly translated into practice and informs policy in Australia and globally.

Clair was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine in Clinical Informatics at UQ and is an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology and an Adjunct Professor, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Australian College of Health Informatics and the Australasian Institute of Digital Health.

Clair serves on several national advisory boards for digital health. She is the recipient of several awards including the 2021 Premier’s Award for Excellence for her team’s work on the digital response to COVID-19 and the 2022 Telstra Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health Award.

She has generated over $30M in grant funding and has deep collaborations with government and industry. She is ranked in the top 1% of Medical Informatics researchers globally.


  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Australasian Institute of Digital Health, Australasian Institute of Digital Health
  • Australasian College of Health Informatics, Australasian College of Health Informatics
  • Doctoral Diploma of Medicine, University of Leeds
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Medical Science, The University of Queensland


  • Woods, Leanna, Canfell, Oliver and Sullivan, Clair (2024). Applied clinical informatics. Digital health: a transformative approach. (pp. 143-176) edited by Helen Almond and Carey Mather. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Elsevier.

  • Sullivan, Clair M. (2024). Technology to the rescue: shifting to a predict–prevent model for sustainable healthcare. The Australian Economic Review, 57 (2), 187-192. doi: 10.1111/1467-8462.12555

  • Nguyen, Kim-Huong, Comans, Tracy, Nguyen, Thi Thao, Simpson, Digby, Woods, Leanna, Wright, Chad, Green, Damian, McNeil, Keith and Sullivan, Clair (2024). Cashing in: cost-benefit analysis framework for digital hospitals. BMC Health Services Research, 24 (1) 694, 1-12. doi: 10.1186/s12913-024-11132-7

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Woods, Leanna, Canfell, Oliver and Sullivan, Clair (2024). Applied clinical informatics. Digital health: a transformative approach. (pp. 143-176) edited by Helen Almond and Carey Mather. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Elsevier.

  • De Silva, Kushan, Enticott, Joanne, Graydon, Cameron, Teede, Helena and Sullivan, Clair (2022). Driving impact through big data utilization and analytics in the context of a Learning Health System. Big Data Analytics for Healthcare: Datasets, Techniques, Life Cycles, Management, and Applications. (pp. 13-22) edited by Pantea Keikhosrokiani . New York, NY, United States: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-323-91907-4.00019-4

  • Makeham, Meredith, Ryan, Angela, Taggart, Richard, Sullivan, Clair, Sprivulis, Peter and McNeil, Keith (2021). Working as a CIO in Healthcare. The Health Information Workforce. (pp. 217-223) edited by Kerryn Butler-Henderson, Karen Day and Kathleen Gray. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-81850-0_14

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Hodgson, Toby, Burton-Jones, Andrew and Sullivan, Clair (2022). Addressing unwarranted clinical variation in healthcare as a quality improvement process. 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Virtual, 4-7 January 2022. Mānoa, HI Australia: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. doi: 10.24251/hicss.2022.474

  • Eden, Rebekah, Burton-Jones, Andrew, Ballantine, Cameron, Staib, Andrew and Sullivan, Clair (2020). The transformation of Australia’s first large digital hospital: a teaching case. International Conference on Information Systems, Online, 13-16 December 2020. New York, NY United States: Association for Information Systems.

  • Eden, Rebekah, Akhlaghpour, Saeed, Spee, Paul, Staib, Andrew, Sullivan, Clair and Burton-Jones, Andrew (2018). Unpacking the Complexity of Consistency: Insights from a Grounded Theory Study of the Effective Use of Electronic Medical Records. 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, United States, 3-6 January 2018. Hawaii, United States: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. doi: 10.24251/hicss.2018.381

  • Lawley, Michael, Truran, Donna, Hansen, David, Good, Norm, Staib, Andrew and Sullivan, Clair (2017). Snomap: Pioneering the path for clinical coding to improve patient care. 25th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2017, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 6 - 9 August 2017. Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press. doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-783-2-55

  • Patel, N., Inder, W., Sullivan, C. and Kaye, G. (2013). Surgical thyroidectomy in cardiac patients with amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis. Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting and the International Society for Heart Research Australasian Section Annual Scientific Meeting, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, 8 - 11 August 2013. Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2013.05.537

  • Hickman, I. J., Sullivan, C. M., Flight, S., Campbell, C., Crawford, D. H., Masci, P. P., O'Moore-Sullivan, T. M., Prins, J. B. and Macdonald, G. A. (2008). Obesity is linked with increased clot strength and impaired fibrinolysis in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. 16th European Congress on Obesity, Geneva, Switzerland, 14-17 May 2008. LONDON: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Professor Clair Sullivan is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision